Many a fashion designer and stylist has advocated the power of the right accessory, be it a statement piece or demure, dainty staple. Model Malou Araneta-Romero gained this insight while posing for Manila’s top photographers, learning that an accessory has the power to make or break an ensemble. So it’s no surprise then, with her experience in the fashion industry, along with a brief stint spent in the world of interior design, that Araneta-Romero pulled together her design experience to launch in 2010 her artisanal jewellery brand Joanique, which has already seen media attention from local magazines to international glossies like French Vogue.
Though she has cited everyday experiences as the inspiration for her exquisite work, Araneta-Romero shows that she also speaks to the exotic with her latest collection ‘Tribal Translation’, incorporating humanely-sourced carabao (Philippine water buffalo) horns and cow bones into her designs. To get acquainted with Joanique, visit local lifestyle studio 458 Showroom, a creative space adorned with crystal chandeliers and polished stone tile floors, and a suitable setting for her complete range of handcrafted statement jewellery, spanning sterling silver necklaces with black horns and white topaz, spearhead-shaped albino horn earrings, and bangles with black spinel stones in gold vermeil – all the better to complete any outfit!